Jun 102016
 

New Game Stuff, what?  Where have you been?  I know, I know.

Cultists and CthulhusIt’s hard to find good help if you’re a cultist nowadays.  Or, at least, that’s what Cultists & Cthulhus would have you believe.  Brimming with the nerdy, cynically tinged humor shared by Munchkin and Chez Geek, Cultists & Cthulhus has players controlling rival cult leaders.  Each player attempts to round up followers, enact rituals, and (with hope) summon their very own old one.  Any two to eight Lovecraft fans will have a great time when they pick up a copy of Cultists & Cthulhus.My Little Pony Marks in Time booster

Eventually, every popular nerd series delves into time travel.  It’s just an unwritten rule.  Well, My Little Pony ventures into that timey wimey realm with the newest expansion set for the MLP collectible card game, Marks in Time.  Since the set is themed around time travel and alternate realities, players will find updated, younger, or irregular versions of classic cards and ponies in the set.

Agricola RevisedWait, Agricola?  That’s been out forever.  But there you would be wrong.  For one, Agricola has been out of print for a good deal a time, so having any version back in print is a good thing.  Second, this version of the game is an updated and revised edition.  Agricola Revised now features wooden game pieces and a streamlined rulebook that allows the game to play quicker and easier for younger players.  Fans of Settlers of Catan, San Juan, and Puerto Rico, if you’ve never played Agricola, now is the time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters TMNT

Long awaited by all heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dicemasters set is finally out!  This oversized base set includes enough materials for two or four players, depending on how you divide the resources.  Featuring the artwork and character designs from various eras of TMNT, the game is playable by all ages.  As the game features the same popular mechanics of Quarriors and the other Dicemasters editions, TMNT Dicemasters can be combined with any of the previous sets.  So, if you want Star Wars Galactic Ambitions expansonyou can have Leonardo face off against Spider-Man and Harley Quinn!

Another in the line of beloved Star Wars The Card Game expansions, Galactic Ambitions is out this weekend.  Featuring five new objective sets for both the Sith and Rebel factions, Galactic Ambitions is a major addition to the base game.  Not only do the Sith and Rebel factions receive new objectives, but every other faction also gains one extra objective set.  Among those new cards, there is not only another version of Darth Vader, but also Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan Jarrus!Eternal Masters Magic the Gathering

Finally, if you’re a Magic player and haven’t been living under a rock in the realm of Zendikar, you’ll have been salivating for the release of Eternal Masters.  Out this weekend, Eternal Masters is the follow-up to the two Modern Masters sets that raised such a fuss in the Magic world.  Reprinting cards from the very beginning of Magic the Gathering, but in never-before-seen foil versions, this set is seriously desired by any die hard Magic player.  Boxes are limited and the price point will rise swiftly as the set goes out of print, so grab what you can, while you can.

Aug 032013
 

Sidekick #1

-J. Michael Straczynski delivers his second Joe’s Comics imprint after the supernatural hit, Ten Grand!

-JMS focuses his story not around the traditional Superman allegory, but the oft forgotten boy sidekick.

-What happens when The Cowl, the world’s most prominent superhero, is assassinated?  Well, for one, Flyboy, The Cowl’s boy ward, begins to lose the public’s favor, eventually sending spiraling downward into insanity.

-Beginning in a golden age pastiche, Sidekick intends to dip deeper and deeper into the darkness of the superhero’s worst fears.

Pathfinder Goblins #1

-First they got mischievous in the roleplaying system.  Then they cackled from your desktop as a series of miniature figures.  Now, the goblins of Pathfinder are coming to the world of comics!

-This five issue miniseries is divided into two short stories per issue, each written and drawn by a duo of top creative talents!

-Authors of actual Paizo material have created stories for the series!

-Make sure to nab the ultra rare variant cover before the goblins, themselves, steal it out from under you!

Burn Down the Orphanage #1

-Sina Grace, creator of Li’l Depressed Boy, does a complete tonal 180 in his new series Burn the Orphanage, a cool, sleek revenge story.

-Rock lived in an orphanage his whole life…until it was destroyed.  Now, he’s out to find those who did it and beat the ever lovin’ hoohaw out of them!

-Part one of a three part trilogy of miniseries, Burn the Orphanage is the beginning of a long epic of fisticuffs.

-Oh, and the official description includes the phrase “topless stripper ninjas”.  So, yeah, there’s gonna be that.

Trillium #1

-From the writer of Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Constantine, and The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire, comes an eight issue time travel love story to end all time traveling love stories!

-Trillium tells the tale of a scientist of the far flung future and an explore of the distant past, separated by thousands of years, but connected by love.  Or, at least, until their paradox affair begins to destroy the entire space time continuum.

-Lemire has won countless awards for his various independent series, each recognizing his talent both as a visual and narrative storyteller.  But, unlike his other projects,  Trillium has been burning in his subconscious for years.  Usually a sign something special is about to happen.

-Issue one is structured in an experimental layout, featuring a flip-book structure where one character’s story begins on one side and the other on the opposite, each meeting in the middle.

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).

Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.

Jan 282011
 

Bruce Wayne’s back!!!

Well, if you’ve been paying attention, he’s been back for a while now, but if you haven’t actually read how he came to be back, you might want to check out the new Return of Bruce Wayne HC.  Written by recent Batman staple and all around mind-blowing writer, Grant Morrison, this series chronicled the time traveling escapades of Batman as he attempted to get back to present day.  Since that might sound confusing let me break it down.  During Final Crisis (another of Grant Morrison’s superhero epics) Batman got sent back to the dawn of time.  From this caveman-infested landscape Batman then jumps to colonial times, pirate times, western times, and other periods.  Each issue is illustrated by a different, top-notch artist and the whole story offers an exceptional look into what makes Batman tick.

Time travel?  How about day tripping?  Yes, the collected edition of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s ten issue masterpiece about life, death, and everything in between is released this week, as well.  If you’ve ever read Umbrella Academy, Casanova, or De: Tales you’re going to be familiar with Ba and Moon’s unique, cartoony, but vibrant art style.  I would assume that if you are that alone will be reason enough to check this trade out.  If not, then allow me to flesh the premise out a bit.  Each issue follows Bras, a young gentleman, as he deals with the day-to-day trials of his existence…the only catch being that he dies at the end of every issue.  Each issue stands alone, but together they form a brilliant meditation on the need to live life to its fullest.

But, hey, that’s enough about real life, lets get back to the world of super-heroics.  If you’re one of the millions of folks to recently purchase the DC Online MMO, then you might be interested in the new series called DC Online Legends.  Following the unique story of the game (wherein the villains defeat the heroes, only to have their world conquered by Brainiac and, thus, must go back in time to warn Bats, Supes, and Wonder Woman about what’s coming.  Solution:  give everyone on the planet super powers) this book by comic mainstays Marv Wolfman and Tony Bedard continues from there and fleshes out the in between moments.

If you’re someone who likes the mystical whimsy of books like Fables, Mouse Guard, and House of Mystery you might be interested in the new collection of Cursed Pirate Girl.  This indie book has built quite a reputation at conventions over the last couple of years because of its lively storytelling and extremely detailed pencil work.  As you might imagine, the book is about a female pirate battling and adventuring with mystical creatures like ghosts, sea monsters, and other pirates across the globe.

We’ve looked at enough books for the night, lets finish out with some other comic merchandise.  First up, is the new Supergirl mini-statue.  Based off of Michael Turner’s notable rendition of the character, the statue has her floating above the ground in front of a row of Kryptonian crystals.  Very sharp.

Last on the hit parade is one for all you zombie lovers out there.  Specifically, the Walking Dead variety of zombie fans, but, lets be honest, are there any zombie lovers out there who aren’t reading Walking Dead?  Anyway, this week brings a new shirt sporting Robert Kirkman’s favorite undead creatures.  Coming in medium, large, and extra large, the shirt displays a horde of zombies rushing the camera with a number of the books notable characters standing behind them.  Of course, the Walking Dead logo is also prominently displayed.  Pretty sweet looking shirt, if you ask me, certainly a perfect one to show off any Walking Dead love you may have.